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How to Maximise your Learning Potential

How to Maximise your Learning Potential

For a long while I’ve been an advocate of individuals taking responsibility for their own learning and not leaving this to the discretion of their employer. The Internet is the biggest global free university, with online accelerated learning and a wealth of free e-courses at your fingertips, many of which offer high-end value content and teaching. Over the last few years we’ve seen a rapid rise and return to learning the old crafts. Subjects like knitting, crafts and weaving are returning to mainstream programmes in our universities and colleges. Online...
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From Hedonist to Healthy: Overcoming OCD and Anxiety

From Hedonist to Healthy: Overcoming OCD and Anxiety

Bea Mitchell has obsessive-compulsive disorder and experiences debilitating intrusive thoughts about her partner and their relationship. As she wants people to understand OCD better, she has written here about how it led to her recent decision to get healthy: I don’t care about my health because I’m not far off 30, or because I want to be fit, toned or thin. I care about my health because if I don’t, my OCD runs wild, causing extreme anxiety. Healthy living is something I’ve never really aspired to. The sheer bliss that drinking, eating, smoking - and the rest...
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10 Reasons to Adjust your Relationship with Food

10 Reasons to Adjust your Relationship with Food

Harriet Frew is a therapist who specialises in disordered eating. Here are her reasons why this year should be the one you finally sort out your relationship with food, for good: 1) Because life is too darned short to be filling your head with thoughts about the calorie content of your next meal or the size of your bottom. 60,000 thoughts per day – let’s use some of this thinking time for stuff that really matters! 2) Because you know deep-down that the next diet is NOT going to be the magic wand that fixes your relationship with food once and for all and gets...
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5 wellbeing resolutions for 2015

5 wellbeing resolutions for 2015

It’s a tricky time of year. Money can be tight after Christmas, exercise may have taken a back seat whilst you have instead indulged in second helpings. So many things to feel bad about and resolve to fix. Then there’s the build of up the big night on New Years eve, which - whether it was good or a bit of a let down - will leave most starting the year with a deathly hangover which you push aside, swearing it’s your last, and aiming to start fresh and embrace the whole new you in 2015. A whole new you is a whole lot of pressure to put on yourself, especially...
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Why is Saying no so Hard?

Why is Saying no so Hard?

Do you know how to say “no”? It’s such a small word but often one of the most difficult to say. Those of us who feel uncomfortable saying no are actually doing ourselves are disservice and often struggle with healthy boundaries. So what are boundaries? Boundaries are a way in which we keep ourselves mentally healthy and safe. We can see and feel physical boundaries. Have you ever had the experience of speaking to someone and feeling he or she was just too close? You move away and he or she still moves in on your space. We can see and feel these boundaries but...
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Why Dog Walking is Good for You

Why Dog Walking is Good for You

‘Alpha got lost for five hours,’ says one of the regular dog people as Albie, her working cocker spaniel, races around the park. ‘He followed a bitch on heat for miles, all the way to the main road. Now his mum’s had him snipped and she’s bought a tracking device’. We gasp in horror at the trauma. Alpha is a husky. I know him well, as does my dog Milo, a miniature schnauzer, who adores being pinned down by him and gently bitten on the neck. I don’t know his owner’s name (yes, I’m aware that the term ‘owner’ is seen in some rarified circles as non-pc, too clinical,...
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Can Making the Bed Change Your Life?

Can Making the Bed Change Your Life?

Have you ever wondered what an unmade bed says about you? could the way you leave your bed each morning reflect your state of mind?   In the sixties my family lived in one room on the top floor of a terraced house in South London. The bed took centre stage and if left unmade would throw the whole room into disarray. With the bed made, the room would take on a certain glow and everything else that needed to be tidied would fall into place. There are psychological as well as environmental benefits of a well-made bed. In a recent article, Make Your Bed For Peace...
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9 Tips to Help with Seasonal Affective Disorder

9 Tips to Help with Seasonal Affective Disorder

Seasonal Affective Disorder is a cyclical depressive period which usually occurs in autumn and winter. Sufferers are plagued with symptoms such as fatigue, increased appetite, loss of interest in daily activities, loss of libido, inability to focus and feelings of anxiety and irritability. People may automatically turn to alcohol and drugs to self-medicate, which in turn can make symptoms worse. SAD is thought to be caused by the lack of sunlight in the winter months. The lack of sunlight is thought to affect the functioning of your hypothalamus, the part of your...
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Off To The Hotel of Mum and Dad

Off To The Hotel of Mum and Dad

Going home for Christmas from Uni can lead to an interesting couple of weeks. Often a toxic mix of December exams and end of term parties will have left you exhausted and yearning for your bed at home and some home cooked food. For the first few days all is well. Talking to my friend Becky this morning, she says hers is a three-day threshold (mine personally is a two-day) wherein being home is the most relaxing and enjoyable time, mostly spent catching up on sleep and eating. But after the honeymoon, oftentimes home can become the last place you want...
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9 Ways to Cope with Social Anxiety

9 Ways to Cope with Social Anxiety

The demands of social situations make some of us feel extremely anxious. Those of us who do suffer from social anxiety know that there is not much worse than the feeling that grips you when you can’t say a word, you’re blushing, you keep preparing what to say in your head only to miss the opportunity… Social anxiety can be contradictory in nature. People with social anxiety tend to approach social situations with feelings of unworthiness; thinking that they aren’t good enough, or smart enough, or pretty enough, or interesting enough. At the same time they...
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